Multidisciplinary innovation Armenia: explorations in design-led multidisciplinary enterprise education

Bailey, Mark, Arakelyan, Arman, Spencer, Nick and Carrion-Weiss, Justine (2022) Multidisciplinary innovation Armenia: explorations in design-led multidisciplinary enterprise education. In: DS 117: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2022), London South Bank University in London, UK. 8th - 9th September 2022. The Design Society. ISBN 9781912254163

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This paper addresses the question to what extent can rapid design-led interventions support enterprise education? The work is based on a three-year engagement with students and recent graduates in Armenia. It was inspired by a course of innovation-readiness workshops called Get Ready to Innovate used to support established small and medium-sized enterprises operating in North East England.
The paper provides a critical assessment of the adaptation of the GRTI model for the Armenian situation and its strengths and limitations for addressing the requirements of innovation readiness (the willingness, creative mindset and plans to make a positive change) amongst budding Armenian entrepreneurs.
Mixed-methods are used, combining inductive thematic analysis of participant surveys, co-reflective workshops and semi-structured interviews.
Findings suggest that there are a number of benefits associated with adopting a design-led approach, including enhancing creative confidence and multidisciplinary team working. In comparison with other forms of enterprise education, participants and facilitators identified a greater emphasis on front-end exploration and stakeholder focus.
It is also clear that there were shortcomings in the approach associated with a mismatch in expectations between the facilitators and participants. The authors identify the challenges associated with this mismatch and some steps they took to overcome these. Finally, they identify scope for future research that considers implications for educational and enterprise-creation policy as well as discrete programme development.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Disrupt, Innovate, Regenerate & Transform 8/09/22 → 9/09/22 London, United Kingdom
Uncontrolled Keywords: Enterprise education, design-led education, co-created knowledge, innovation readiness, design facilitation
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2022 14:51
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2022 15:00

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